James lives in Little Rock, Ark., with his family. He is a documentary artist with a bias toward the human-made landscape, manual processes, and the physical object.
For five years, he curated a small exhibit space – the Sixth Street Library – that found various and unexpected ways to document the life of the Little Rock. It mapped the history of violence in the city's landscape; organized group walks following the original 1831 boundaries of the city; displayed earthenware vessels made from clay gathered from downtown buildings sites; and more. All as a way of getting people to see their city with fresh eyes.
He continues working on his Eviction Quilts series, documenting Little Rock's places of worship, and exploring disparities of race, wealth, education, and especially violence in Little Rock, work he began in 2006.
He holds a Certificate in Documentary Arts from Duke University's Center for Documentary Studies and has also studied folklore in graduate school at UNC and pottery at the Arkansas Arts Center.